Breaking Child Labor Laws?
I think it was yesterday Alex asked me if he could start getting allowance. Now I never got allowance as a kid of course I didn't really have any chores either. I did what my parents asked me to do and they gave me money (within reason) or I babysat to earn money for the things I needed (wanted). The system worked so that's pretty much how we roll at the Stieby household.
But I thought about it for a few minutes.
Me: Well Alex, I am not just going to GIVE you allowance but you can earn it. Your dad and I can come up with some things you could do around the house.
Anna: I want chores and allowance too. (but you have to say it in that almost tune like fashion of a semi-whine and stretch out the tooooo.)
The kids seemed pretty good with the idea of Pete and I coming up with a list of things for them to do.
Being the control freak that I am, I haven't done this sooner because I want to make sure the cleaning is done right. But lately I have been so busy that it rarely gets done at all so I figure a half-ass clean is better than nothing so lets give this a whirl.
Pete and I brainstormed and today at lunch I made a chart (per Anna's request) to hang on our fridge. I debated about how much to give these guys for allowance. If they actually do the stuff on this chart, it is worth $100 a week but if I had that extra cash, I would hire a cleaning service. I considered $10 but that comes to $80 a month and:
- I don't want another $80 a month bill
- I am a bit afraid what they would do with $40 a month in their pocket and I am too lazy to add in a budgeting/saving lesson on top of all this.
So I settled on $5 a week. It doesn't sound like much, but I don't think they will do the whole list and it is within my budget.
Here is our chore chart. I will have to let you know how long it lasts. I give it 2 days for Anna, maybe 4 for Alex. I think the no whining is the part that will do them in.
For those of you who are curious:
- Doggie Duty = using the pooper scooper
- Yes, we have a urinal in our house (but that is story all in its self )